New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers Win On Field And On Facebook

By Justin Lafferty 

When the New England Patriots defeated the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers handled the Green Bay Packers this weekend in the second round of the National Football League playoffs, they set the Facebook world abuzz, too. Statistics from CBS Sports and Quintly (formerly AllFacebook Stats) show that the Patriots and 49ers were easily the most-talked-about football teams in the U.S. on the social network this weekend.

The Patriots, who have nearly 4 million fans on Facebook, led the four remaining playoff teams (San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons) in mentions, but the 49ers pretty much owned the western half of the U.S., according to this graph from CBS Sports:

Quintly notes that not only were the Patriots the most-mentioned team on Facebook during this round of the playoffs, but their fans were the most active (granted, New England also has the largest Facebook fan base of the four remaining teams), leaving more than 116,000 comments and gathering an astounding 2.8 million likes on their posts in the two days.

CBS Sports shows that among men, the Patriots were most popular in the 13-17 and 18-24 age groups, but the 49ers were favored among men from 25 and older. With women, New England swept every age demographic on Facebook, save for the 25-34 age group.

However, the Ravens were also big gainers over the weekend. Baltimore, which stunned the heavily favored Denver Broncos, was the highest remaining team in terms of people talking about this, with 292,674.

The Ravens also shot up the charts in terms of fan growth, Quintly shows:

Among star players, one stood tall on Facebook: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was mentioned 674,943 times on the social network this past weekend. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis finished second, with 287,707 mentions.

Brady was the most talked about player nationwide, as the graph from CBS Sports shows:

Readers: Did you talk about this weekend’s games on Facebook?

Image courtesy of the New England Patriots on Facebook.